1st Year in NFL/1st year with BillsEric Thatcher enters his first season as the Bills defensive quality control coach and first season in the NFL.
1st year in the NFL
1st year with the Bills
Eric Thatcher enters his first season as the Bills defensive quality control coach and first season in the NFL.
He joins the Bills after serving as the assistant defensive backs coach for Mercyhurst College, in 2011. In 2010, Thatcher was a graduate assistant at his alma mater the University of Pittsburgh where he worked with defensive backs and linebackers. Thatcher started his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. in 2009.
Thatcher graduated from Pitt in 2008 with degrees in both Administration of Justice (May, 2007) and Social Sciences (December, 2008). He was a three-year starter at free safety for the Panthers and ended his career making 25 consecutive starts. During his senior season, Thatcher ranked third on the team with 64 tackles, including 44 solo stops. As a junior, he tied for fourth on the team with 53 total tackles, including a career-high 12 tackles against Navy. He helped the Pitt defense to allow less than 300 yards per game during the 2007 season, fifth in the country.
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Thatcher was four-year letter-winner at Moeller High School. During his career, he was named as a first team All-Greater Catholic League and a first team Southwest All-District member. Thatcher was also named the Cincinnati-Dayton Catholic League South Division Defensive Back of the Year and a Special Mention All-Ohio Division I.
2012- Buffalo Bills Def. Quality Control
2011 Mercyhurst Asst. Defensive Backs
2010 Pittsburgh Graduate Asst./DBs/LBs
2009 St. Vincent Defensive Backs